An ancient center of commerce and business, Mercado de Colon is still a high-end market that contains good restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops. The building was built in the Modernist architectural style and is beautifully adorned with decorative ceramics and art. While the market is a bit pricey if you are looking for souvenirs, make sure to visit some of the restaurants, bars and cafes on the lower levels to try a wide variety of tapas and other Spanish delicacies. Hang out in one of the coffee shops and watch frantic shoppers scurry around the marketplace. Be sure to also check out one of the two flower markets that bring in fresh blooms every day from the Valencian countryside.
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